WISH-TV News Director Steve Bray joined the WISH-TV team in January of 1995. He was promoted to Chief Meteorologist in August 1999, named News Operations Manager, in April 2009. In that role, Bray managed the daily news and weather operations and helped transform WISH-TV’s 24-hour newsroom into a multiplatform operation better serving viewers with news and weather information on all platforms including on-air, online and mobile. His unflinching commitment to excellence and dedication to informing Central Indiana led him to being named Assistant News Director in December 2011 and News Director in December 2012.
Bray’s dedication to breaking news coverage is reflected in his recent 2012 Emmy awards including: News Feature for “State Fair Stage Collapse,” Breaking News Coverage for “Ten Hours of Severe Weather,” and Best News Weathercast for “In the Middle of an Ice Storm.” During his years as a meteorologist, Steve has distinguished himself in not only his daily forecasts and presentations, but in his coverage of big weather events. From the tornadoes outbreaks in June of 1998, September 2002, May 2004, to historic hurricane landfalls like Rita and Katrina, Steve has spent hours of exhaustive coverage on weather events making news.
For his outstanding efforts in the field of broadcasting, Steve has received the AMS Seal of Approval, three Emmys for Weather Broadcasting and one for reporting and producing on the documentary “Fireworks of Glass”. He has also received a first place award from the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting on the structural storm damage to a Downtown Indianapolis Building.
Prior to coming to WISH-TV, Steve received numerous awards while working at WALA-TV in Mobile, Alabama, KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He began his career at WAND-TV in Decatur Illinois after graduating from Northern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology in December of 1985.
Demonstrating his commitment to science education for local school children, Steve regularly does his “Science Rocks” presentation to classes studying weather. Using experiments like the “Egg in a Bottle” and “Cloud in a Jar” Steve’s popular presentation shows young people how the science of weather is both interesting and entertaining!
When not at WISH-TV Steve enjoys playing golf, softball, basketball and coaching youth sports. Steve and his wife Paula have two children, Samantha and Jordan, and family dogs named Payton and Wrigley.
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